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‘‘Fitting’’ Remembrance Day planned

By Deniliquin Pastoral Times

Exercises designed to assist the elderly to strengthen their bones and improve stability are available to locals in Mathoura.

Conducted by Exercise Physiologist, Barb Anderson, the sessions are $5 each week and are held at Mathoura Bowling Club each Friday morning.

Starting time is 11.30am and there are plenty of laughs to get you through.

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Carols by Candlelight will return to Mathoura’s yuletide calendar this year, thanks to the Mathoura On The Map Committee.

The committee is co-ordinating an event which will be held on Sunday, December 16.

It will feature the Echuca Salvation Army’s musicians and singers, Mathoura Public School students and other guest artists.

Carol sheets and electronic candles will be available while there will be a barbecue, cold drinks and chips for purchase on the night.

As a treat for children in attendance, Santa will call in during the evening – thanks to the Mathoura Rural Fire Brigade – and distribute sweets to the youngsters.

Anyone who would like to be involved in the event should contact Nicole Stenhouse or Eileen Day.

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There will be more good cheer in town during the festive season this year with the return of Christmas decorations which once brightened up the Soldiers’ Memorial Gardens and the lawns in front of the Mathoura Visitor and Business Centre.

The decorations featuring Santa and his elves, Mrs Clause, his reindeer and sleigh stacked with gifts, have been rescued from storage by the Mathoura On The Map Committee.

They are currently being given a new lease on life – thanks to the efforts of the members of the Mathoura Men’s Shed. Their efforts are appreciated.

It is hoped the decorations may be erected in early December to add some festive cheer in the town.

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District residents have been saddened to learn of the passing of popular identity, Charlie Buckley, at the weekend.

Charlie was a member of Murray Shire’s outdoor staff for many years and was renowned for his cheery disposition – particularly his laugh.

You didn’t have to know why he was laughing – it was such an infectious laugh you would soon find yourself laughing along with him.

Charlie will be sadly missed by his partner of many years, Margaret Jones, and his children, Leanne, Kelly, Brett, Lenore, Lisa, Anthony, Alec and Arizona.

A funeral service for Charlie will be held at 10am tomorrow at the Glenleigh Chapel, 453 Harfleur Street Deniliquin, following which the cortege will leave for the Deniliquin Lawn Cemetery.

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Mathoura’s Remembrance Day commemoration will be held in the Soldiers’ Memorial Gardens on Sunday.

Commencing at 10.45am it will involve a short service and wreath laying ceremony.

Guest speaker will be Fr Tink.

Mathoura’s contribution to war has not been inconsiderable so it is fitting that the community should take time out to commemorate the sacrifices that have been made.

Morning tea will follow the service.

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Mathoura Preschool students will get their first insight into ‘Big School’ next week.

Mathoura Public School will begin its Kindergarten Orientation Sessions on Monday with the first of three sessions aimed at preparing the youngsters for their transition into primary school.

The inaugural two and a half hour session will be followed by four hours next week when they will enjoy lunch with their Year 5 Buddies.

The final visit on November 26 will enable them to experience a full school day, including a special assembly.

The sessions will be even more special for the youngsters because their Preschool Director Michelle O’Sullivan will be accompanying them to ensure they feel right at home.